Putting Pressure on Ukraine Germany Takes Hard Line in Tymoshenko Case

Berlin has isolated itself within Europe with its hard line on Ukraine's treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko. The German government is insisting that Kiev release the former prime minister from prison, otherwise there can be no progress in EU-Ukraine relations. But a possible deal to let Tymoshenko receive medical treatment in Germany may just be another trick by President Yanukovych.
Yulia Tymoshenko addresses the media, surrounded by Interior Ministry officers, during a session at a court in Kiev (October 2011 photo).

Yulia Tymoshenko addresses the media, surrounded by Interior Ministry officers, during a session at a court in Kiev (October 2011 photo).

Foto: GLEB GARANICH/ REUTERS
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan